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Weekend stay antenatal classes

If you find that antenatal classes during weekday evenings are awkward for you and your partner to attend together, a weekend break incorporating antenatal advice sessions can be the perfect way to focus your pre-birth preparation as a couple.

What are weekend stay antenatal classes?

Designed to offer parents to be the chance for a little bit of rest and luxury relaxation before the baby arrives, weekend stay classes combine the idea of a romantic ‘baby moon’, and a series of special antenatal sessions where you learn the key points about labour, pain relief, birth and first parenting skills.

Some courses have a specialist focus – they might cover active birth or Hypnobirthing as well as the basics of conventional birth, for example. But all good weekend retreats should cover the core areas of any antenatal classes you might attend through the NHS. Read more about what to expect from *antenatal classes.

What’s special about weekend stays?

When you feel frazzled after work, the last thing you probably want to do is hurry to evening classes to learn how to squat and breath. Getting away to a beautiful spot (either in the UK or abroad, depending on how far into your pregnancy you are) is the perfect way to make your pregnancy feel more special.

The kind of antenatal coaching that weekend retreats offer is aimed at pampering you in your pregnancy as well as preparing you for what lies ahead. Most weekend stay courses are held at pretty hotels with spa facilities. Many will offer pregnancy-friendly therapies.

You will get the chance to meet couples in a similar situation to you, but the focus will be on you and your partner enjoying a romantic getaway – with special settings for dinner, beautiful bedrooms and usually some elegant grounds you can wander around.

When the occasional bunch of flowers just won’t cut it, a treat like this from your other half is just what you deserve for nine months of pregnancy.

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